Smart Color-Changing Tiles Make Buildings Invisible

Posted: Dec 19 2016, 11:09am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Smart Color-Changing Tiles Make Buildings Invisible
  • Tiles allow Buildings to undergo Camouflage

Smart tiles of the future will allow buildings and homes to undergo camouflage and melt into their backgrounds.

There are tiles that could make the homes and offices of the times to come meld in with their background. The researchers are busy experimenting with a novel type of ceramic tile that changes color and patterns at one single touch of a human finger.

Besides the obvious function of invisibility, these tiles can be used in the motif of an art museum, a troglodyte’s hut and even in a stately mansion or royal palace.

The team of Italian experts behind this wonderful tile has made the claim that the tiles can be employed for usage as camouflage on army vehicles.

Termed the Luminous Electronic Tile, the project which has this tile as its focus of interest is called LUMENTILE. In the context of this tile, microchips, light sources and glass as well as electronics were incorporated.

These tiles could be controlled by a smartphone. The tiles acted like a bunch of pixels. Using these tiles could lead to novel lifestyles in the future. With their help anyone could change the surroundings of his home or office in a jiffy.

Whether it is a shift from the color blue to the color green or a different motif such as flowers, flying birds or Christmas trees, it is all dependent upon the person who touches the tiles, according to DailyMail.

The tile panels have a ceramic base. On top of this comes a layer of electronics which than sandwiches a couple of OLEDs. Each tile is the same size as a standard A3 piece of paper.

It has its own internal fuel source too. These tiles could be used sparingly or to completely cover a wall or cubicle. The choice lies entirely in the hands of the owners.

When they are in off mode, the tiles appear to be silver, black or white. They even come in shapes as diverse as hexagons and triangles instead of the standard rectangular and square look.

Besides military applications, these tiles seem to be a matter of imitating chameleons found in Nature. They are a form of instant camouflage. While they are still in a prototypical form, soon they will be on the market shelves. Ultimately, they may even be used on the floor.

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